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SmartLaw 2.0 – The new future of law

By Brett Chalmers A few years ago, George Beaton published an influential e-book, NewLaw New Rules: A Conversation About the Future of the Legal Services Industry, that pulled together comments and responses he received from numerous legal thought leaders and experts about his NewLaw-focused blog post. The publication compared BigLaw, the traditional partnership-and-hourly-rates model, with NewLaw, an […]

Supreme Court supports disqualification under IBC, but protects interest of homebuyers

By Prateek Kumar, Sahil Narang, Raveena Rai The corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) against Jaiprakash Infratech Limited (JIL) commenced when the National Company Law Tribunal, Allahabad (NCLT) passed an order dated 09.08.2017 admitting the petition of IDBI Bank Limited under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC). Home buyers who had invested in […]

Austria – Commercial agent’s trial for trial period compensation

By Andreas Natterer, Sara Khalil Earlier this year, the ECJ ruled that commercial agents are generally entitled to compensation, even if the distribution agreement was terminated during a trial period. The ECJ’s decision (C-645/16) was preceded by the French Cour de Cassation’s request for a preliminary ruling on whether Art. 17 of Directive 86/653/EEC applies if the commercial […]

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Government consults on move from Renewables Obligation to contracts for difference

As part of the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) proposals being taken through Parliament by the government, the existing support for new large-scale renewable projects under the Renewables Obligation (RO) will be replaced by Feed-in Tariff contracts for difference (CfDs). The RO will close to new accreditations from 31 March 2017 and all projects in the […]

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Stacks of hundred-dollar bills are all some people see when they’re talking energy. If you haven’t noticed, take a look around. US firms are hiring energy partners in London quicker than you can say “I love fracking and I love to frack”. Most recently comes K&L Gates, which has now made two lateral partner hires […]

Apple found per se liable in a hub-and-spoke conspiracy with e-book publishers

Last week, Apple was found by a court in the Southern District of New York to have engaged in a per se illegal horizontal price-fixing conspiracy with five of the six top national book publishers to raise the price of e-books. The court found that Apple effectively engaged in a ‘hub-and-spoke conspiracy’, i.e., Apple (acting […]

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